The day esad ribic leaves this book is the day everyone will mourn together. This book is by far the best Thor book. I just can't wait for more.
Fantastic issue, as usual. I'm in love with it.
I was showing some of my books (this week's Avengers, Hulk, X-Men, Thor, etc) to my 4 year old nephew and He was mesmerized by god of thunder; he couldn't stop talking about the ''black monsters''.LOL.
It's been a very cool book so far. Top-notch story telling and some absolutely gorgeous art.
More importantly, probably because Quesada is an artist who uses digital tools himself, color artists at Marvel get billed on the covers just like the writer, penciller and inker. DC still doesn't do this (well, probably because prior to the New 52, DC had abysmal digital coloring). That's a farce because some color artists manage to make even passable art better. Also, my understanding is that Marvel's color artists get a royalty from the books on top of their page fees; I'm not sure if DC does the same thing.
On this tangent, check out Flash -- Brian Buccellato only gets credit because he's the co-writer but if you see the black and white art of Francis Manapul, it's clear he adds a tremendous amount to the visual look of the book. In many cases, the color artist can actually sustain the visual look of a book even if the artist changes -- take a look at Frank D'Armata's run on Captain America; even when Steve Epting was rotating out of it, he helped the book maintain a similar look with Butch Guice or Luke Ross (and others) on the art.
Given all these things, you'd think that Jim Lee, an artist himself like Quesada (though one, I'm convinced has his sensibilities firmly grounded in the nineties -- including his decision to do a Heroes Reborn-style reboot of the DCU and hiring Bob Harras), would appreciate that more and do something about it. Then again, he's probably too busy burning the midnight oil trying to catch his Superman deadlines ;-)
One other thing: I know a lot of my fellow Thor fans have said that Svorcina's style is redolent of Dean White's.
It isn't. Not really.
Svorcina uses more of a water-color style as opposed to Dean White's oil-on-canvas style digital painting. Seriously, you can tell from the hard white stroke lines that White uses for emphasis and highlights (I'd say that style is his signature). Plus, he uses lusher tones occasionally interspersed with matte surfaces -- especially in the latest Avengers series.
Svorcina uses a slightly muted palette with occasional pastel highlights -- very similar, actually, to the way that Ribic paints his own work (I think Ribic actually mentioned this in an interview).
Ultimately, their styles are beautiful and I think their hard work deserves to be looked at a little more closely than dismissed as simply: "oh, it looks the same."
ANYWAY: sorry for the tangent but I just felt that color artists aren't getting NEARLY enough of the credit they deserve.
With respect to the overall comic book: Thor God of Thunder 3 excellent -- by far the best comic book I read this week (although Unwritten was also pretty good and Hellblazer caught me off-guard). A lot of the points made by @HaveAtThee in his original post are very sound and I think that Aaron has really laid a solid foundation for the tone and direction of this book. I especially enjoyed the initial sequence with the curmudgeonly Librarian and, later-on, the interaction between Thor and Iron Man.
What's more, Ribic, while a brilliant artist is also very subtle storyteller; his use of visual cues to shift the reader across timelines rather than resorting to overt rendering is masterful. We are very lucky that Marvel put him together with Aaron -- with a lesser artist, the story might not have worked out in the same manner.
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Really with this Aaronīs storytelling and the wonderful art of Ribic, I have a lot of good desires as to know for once Amora the Enchantressīs past and origin, sure it would be one of the best Thorīs stories ever.
Was Ribic the artist on the Namor series a year or two back? the art looks so similar
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In short: The colourists need to be mentioned more when it comes to this art.
One guy who I miss these days at Marvel is Dave Stewart. You mentioned how colourists create this consistency when the pencil artist changes, I'm immediately reminded of Dave Stewart making the transition in artists during Bendis' run on DD look very consistent. I'm obviously not talking about Alex Maleev to Terry Dodson, but there were a couple of issues done by a different pencil artist I cannot recall the name of and I remember thinking how the colours really did make the transition pretty seamless.
Also: I had to look up "redolent". Nicely done.
As for Thor! Bring on issue #4!
Olivier Coipel - The best damned artist on the planet!
Shout out to Kev Walker! You're doing a hell of a job!
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I appreciate your comments on the colorists at Marvel and second your comments at their worth to the books. As you've mentioned some of my favorites like Dean White and D'Amarta, I'd just like to give a mention to Chris Sotomoto which I have enjoyed on many runs at Marvel. His pearlescence on walls and floors is unique to the game. And I never mention Paul Mounts, but his brilliant colors are a standout in books like Fantastic Four. Mounts has been a stalwart for many years at Marvel and I take him for granted too often.
Visited NY and DC and saw Spider-Man Turn off the Dark.
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Visited NY and DC and saw Spider-Man Turn off the Dark.